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IDAHOBIT is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia.
To celebrate and commemorate this important date, we are partnering with a number of LGBTQIA+ organisations to present a program of diverse artists, performers and voices.
We are hosting an evening celebration for IDAHOBIT including a stage program of 5-10 minute performances interspersed with Q&As with LGBTQIA+ organisations.
The short performances will include music, comedy, drag acts, dance, and spoken word from artists such as Mama Alto, Mojo Juju, Yana Alana, Adolfo Aranjuez, Raina Peterson, William Elm, Ana Diction, Jax Jacki Brown, Dani Sib and Amao Leota Lu.
Further info about IDAHOBIT can be found at here.
This event wouldn’t be possible without our major partners. Scroll through to learn more.
Australia’s national organisation for LGBTIQ youth, Minus18 is young people smashing homophobia, biphobia and transphobia through events, resources and workshops.
queerspace provides a safe and supportive space for LGBTIQA+ people to improve health and well-being of people in our communities. Our practitioners and management are all queer-identified people from across the LGBTIQ+ spectrum. We provide a range of queer-affirming supports including: counselling for individuals, people in relationships, people with children, and children and young people themselves. We provide counselling as well as practical support for people experiencing intimate partner violence or family violence, and for people who are having struggles with alcohol and/or other drug use. We run a range of groups, with experienced facilitators, including: for parents of gender diverse children; for people who have experienced violence in their relationships or families; and for non-binary and trans-identified people.
AGMC is a volunteer run community organisation advocating for the rights of multicultural and multifaih LGBTIQ communities in celebration of diversity. AGMC strives to inform, educate, and empower to end discrimination and create an inclusive environment that embraces our unique identities and lived experiences.
Merri Health is a non-for-profit health provider, supporting people at every age and stage of life.We know that at different times, health needs change – that’s why we support people throughout life, with services spanning from children’s health to aged care, through one local network.Proudly rainbow tick accredited, we’re an inclusive provider that has been part of the community for more than 40 years; partnering with people, responding to local needs, and strengthening the health of communities.
Welcome to the City of Melbourne. We are the local government authority for central Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs.We take pride in our tolerant, welcoming and diverse culture, which is why last year we reaffirmed our support of marriage equality, and supported Melbourne’s first Coming Back Out Ball.City of Melbourne celebrates people of all ages, nationalities, genders, sexual diversity and walks of life, and cares about the health and wellbeing of every person in our community. Happy IDAHOBIT !
The Victorian Pride Centre is a unique initiative that celebrates, bolsters and protects equality, diversity and inclusion. It is set to forge a new chapter in the narrative of Australian Pride by bringing the LGBTQI community together in a single and powerful space. It will showcase Victoria’s diversity, pave new directions for its future, and honour and celebrate Australia’s LGBTQI community’s brave – and at times difficult – past. It will be home to practical and supportive services as well being an international tourist destination. The Victorian Pride Centre will bring our community together, to collaborate and build on each other’s strengths while maintaining our individual identities.
Based in Fitzroy Town Hall, Fitzroy Legal Service is one of Australia’s oldest community legal centres. We provide a range of free and low-cost LGBTIQ-friendly legal services including a specialist LGBTIQ family law advice clinic (first Wednesday night of every month) and legal advice and representation for LGBTIQ people who have experienced family violence. Our free evening drop-in legal advice service is open to everyone and is LGBTIQ-friendly.
Victoria Police recognises IDAHOBIT and reasserts its commitment to creating a safe, inclusive and respectful workforce and broader community. Victoria Police works closely with LGBTI communities to enhance and improve relationships to increase access to policing services for LGBTI Victorians. Victoria Police is committed to ensuring that every LGBTI Victorian has a positive experience of our organisation whether they approach us for help, see us in the street, work within our ranks or aspire to do so.
VAC leads the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing care and support for people living with HIV, health promotion, and advocacy. VAC aims to improve the health outcomes for the entre LGBTI community by providing campaigns, support and services.
Ygender is a youth led transgender/gender diverse organisation in Australia. We run regular events for trans young people and advocate for trans rights. We also run workshops and training sessions on gender diversity and inclusive practices for schools, youth groups, unis, health services and more.
Midsumma Festival is Victoria’s premier LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality.
We are a champion of LGBTQIA+ cultures, conversations and events. We are the intersection between generations, people, ideas, stories and experiences. We create inclusive and safe social spaces. We provide platforms for shared experience in a world that often under-represents us.
Although the primary three-week festival is held in summer each year, Midsumma works year-round to provide artists, social-changers and culture-makers with support and tools to create, present and promote their work.
Switchboard Victoria is a community-based not for profit organisation that provides peer based, volunteer run support service for LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) people and their friends, families and allies.
– Phone and web counselling as the Victorian partner of QLife, a national telephone and web counselling, information and referral service.
– Out & About, a social home visiting service for LGBTQI Victorians at risk of social isolation.
– QTIPoC project, a project aiming to build greater equity for Queer and Trans Indigenous Peoples and/or People of Colour and People of Faith.
Carers Victoria is the peak body representing unpaid family and friend carers. We provide advice, information and support to carers to improve their health, wellbeing, capacity and resilience.
– Carers Advisory Line 1800 242 636
– Education for organisations and individuals
– Respite support
– Carer counselling.
We recognise that LGBTI carers experience unique joys and challenges in their caring role. Discrimination and lack of recognition of identity, experiences and relationships can increase the stress and health impacts for LGBTI carers. At Carers Victoria, we welcome carers of any age, ability, background, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
Transgender Victoria (TGV) was founded in the late 1990s to achieve justice, equity and quality health and community service provision for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, their partners, families and friends. TGV educates organisations and workplaces on how to provide better services for TGD people, and seeks ways to provide direct services to the TGD community, whether in partnership with others or independently.
Rainbow Families Victoria is a volunteer community organisation based in Victoria, Australia. RFV supports and promotes equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents, carers and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, gender diverse or intersex) including our children.
Founded in 1991 in Commercial Road, South Yarra, Hares & Hyenas is Melbourne’s queer and alternative bookshop. In recent years the business has diversified to also be a café and performance venue. Hares & Hyenas has a well-deserved reputation of being one of the best LGBTIQ bookshops in the world, and is fast gaining a reputation as a boutique presentation venue of excellence. Hares & Hyenas is also a supportive and strong community hub for thousands of LGBTIQ Victorians, as well as a welcoming place and the first point of visitation for countless interstate and international visitors who come to Hares & Hyenas for the essential information about events and happenings taking place in Melbourne.